Universal Studios Varsity Jacket

Universal Studios Varsity Jacket


I saw this guy on the metro today. I’ve always wondered who buys this kind of kitschy crap from theme parks. Well now you know, downtrodden government workers! What sport did he make varsity in, riding the Back to the Future Ride?

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North House

North House

Team Canada

Team Canada

filtration?

filtration?

Team Germany

Team Germany

Awesome Deck

Awesome Deck

Silo House

Silo House

Construction

Construction

West End

West End

Artificial Wetlands

Artificial Wetlands

I heard that the Solar Decathlon was back in town this year, but I didn’t know the dates. I didn’t want to miss it, so at lunch today Phil and I walked over to check out what’s going on. I think it starts next week, so they’re really coming together. They look so much more complicated than in previous years. I think they’ve really brought their A-game this year. It was cool to see the funcitoning artificial wetlands and water conservation systems. I didn’t have a good camera so I had to use my cell. I’ll come back next week when it’s really going so I can get a tour of the homes and get better pictures.

Maybe I’ll bring wade for some joint Swalrus Network coverage.

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It was hard to covertly capture this mullet in a picture. Luckily I was in a position that I could use the excuse that I was taking a picture of the Air and Space Museum. But he looks like he’s the kind of person that takes things seriously… or at least may be carrying a gun.

Business in the front, Party in the Back.

Business in the front, Party in the Back.

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I think I took this video last Thursday. It was raining in the morning. DC drivers are notorious for slowing down to slow speeds when there is a drop of water on the roads. But I didn’t know that the train drivers were like that too. At one point I swear I could have been walking faster than the train was moving. It was painful to see cars in traffic moving faster than us.
DC Metro Ride

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Oh Man! I was totally supposed to write about this the other day when it was fresh in my mind. It’s kind of hard to remember to do these things when there’s no encentives. I think I’ll just give a list of things I can remember about the event.

  • Totally cool architecture, even if they all kind of look like shipping containers.
  • How did they keep all the plants alive when shipping them in?
  • I didn’t see anyone from Ecogeek.org, Inhabitat.com, or Treehugger.com, I’m sure they were there somewhere.
  • The international schools are great at Design.
  • Having the electronics covered by a greenwall was an awesome design (puerto rico)
  • The recycled formica outside was really cool.

And now other thoughts…

The real cool thing about the event was just being around regular people that are trying to make an impact on the environment. I’ve been saying to Laurel that environmentalism needs a makeover. Hippies in veggie oil powered VW busses have been saying it for years and it isn’t working, they need a PR makeover. It needs to be cool! If you can get the rich yuppies to buy it then the rest will follow. Why do we want Mercedes and Designer Handbags? Because celebrities and rich people have them and we don’t (also they’re well made and cool looking).

So what’s my great idea really? Envy! That’s right Envy, the new tool of the environmentalist. I’m telling you this is the way to go. If you can get the people in McLean, Virginia to buy $30,000 golden Buddha yard art that also is a rain water collection cistern that will automatically water the yard without  using the public water supply then later when they’re popular you can introduce lower price versions to the general public. I want to make the H3 of environmental systems. I want to trick people into living green.

Later!

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Here’s a story that I found today and it’s happening a few blocks from where I work.

Stoners light up the Congressional Softball League

Apparently the team from Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is in first place in the league. What makes it great for me is that the team from the Office of National Drug Control Policy refuses to play them.

A comment from their captain on the blog says this:

I e-mailed our press release to Tom Riley, the official ONDCP spokesman, with a personal note:

“Any chance the ONDCP is willing to reconsider playing the One Hitters in a friendly softball game? If you’re scared of losing to a bunch of drug policy reformers, those fears are probably justified, but we promise to be gentle…”

His response:

“unsubscribe”

For me this is a perfect example of our nations failed “war on drugs” policy and the ineptness of DC politicians. They wont talk to you about it they’re to stupid to understand email.

and on a related note.

Get this through your head America, DON’T USE CORN FOR BIOFUEL

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